Saying ‘no’ to high-tax states … a no-brainer for tax plan … a misguided professor … and a meaningful project

Here are my observations on items in the news.

Sen. Pat Toomey stands against high-tax states (billypenn.com)

HOORAY FOR SENATOR TOOMEY – “There’s no good reason why federal taxpayers all across the country should have to subsidize, have to pay a higher federal tax rate to subsidize those municipalities that choose to have high taxes,” Sen. Pat Toomey (R-PA) told radio host John Catsimatidia.

Toomey added that there is “no good reason” for the Senate tax reform legislation to include a federal tax deduction for local taxes, a deduction included in the House version of the bill.

Of the six states seeking the deduction, three – New York, New Jersey and California – have no Republican senators who could cause opposition to the GOP bill. I must remind you that those high-tax states voted for Hillary Clinton.

REPUBLICANS WORKING ON THE TAX PLAN are looking at the repeal of the ObamaCare individual mandate as part of tax reform, a move that would save $338 billion over 10 years.

If you like your ObamaCare plan, you can keep it. If you don’t want it or can’t afford it, you don’t have to pay a penalty. There would be no changes to benefits or coverage for pre-existing conditions. This would be tax relief for low-income families.

Professor Yanhah (photo cordozo.you.edu)

TALE OF A BLACK PROFESSOR – “Donald Trump’s election has made it clear that I will teach my boys the lesson generations old … I will teach them to be cautious, I will teach them suspicion, and I will teach them distrust … (and) I will have to discuss with my boys whether they can truly be friends with white people,” wrote Ekow N. Yankah, a professor at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law at Yeshiva University.

In his op-ed piece in The New York Times, “Can My Children Be Friends With White People?,” Yankah seemingly wants readers to believe that his four-year-old son was wrestling with the meaning of “friendship” after he viewed the images of violence in Charlottesville. “Some people hate others because they are different, “he told his son,” who responded, “but I’m not different.”

“Meaningful friendship is not just a feeling,” Yankah states, “It is not simply able to share a beer. Real friendship is impossible without the ability to trust others, without knowing that your well-being is important to them.

“We can still all pretend we are friends. If meaningful civic friendship is impossible, we can make do with more civility – sharing drinks and watching the game,” he says projecting little hope.

I feel sorry for the professor’s sons.

SOME TIME AGO, I wrote of a simple suggestion to blacks: stop referring to themselves as African-American. However, it has been determined that individuals, who appear black, and experience more discrimination tend to identify with the experience of prejudice towards the African-American community, are more likely to reject the unhyphenated “American” label.

It has occurred to me, however, that as long as they settle for that reference to ethnicity, they only perpetuate an identity as “a minority.” I generally do not differentiate by race in my blog, but when necessary, I refer to an African-American as a “black,” unless the hyphenated identity is in a quote.

The Godoy family, Geiszel, Manuel, Valencia and Mori will star in the book series, The Mori’s Family Adventure. (Graphic from Kickstarter)

HERE’S SOMETHING MEANINGFUL – “My son and daughter are my biggest inspirations,” writes Geiszel Godoy, “Seeing them live a life of “privilege” made me want to share that experience with other kids, while also emphasizing the traditional black family unit.”

After barnstorming with her veteran children’s book author husband, Manuel, she decided to focus on a travel book for children. “I love telling our story and showing my husband as the alpha male leading the family,” she writes, “It seems tradition has been thrown to the side recently, and I felt it was important for kids to see a mother and father together in a children’s book.

“We need to normalize the black family again. The mainstream media is hellbent on pushing the narrative of the broken home, but it’s not true,” Godoy says.

In 2012, the Cooperative Children’s Book Center reported that 93 percent of the 3,600 books they reviewed were written about white children. As of 2016, 73.3 percent were primarily about white children, while 12.5 percent were about non-human and animals.

If you are interested in her worthy project, click here to see a video presentation.

 

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No reason to panic over the NJ and VA elections … NAACP offended by the national anthem … Dennis Prager no firebrand

Here are my observations on items in the news.

ABOUT THOSE RECENT ELECTIONS – Even though Democrats are crowing about their gubernatorial wins in New Jersey and Virginia, claiming it’s a repudiation of  Trump administration policies, it’s all for show and they know it. Hillary Clinton won both states during the last election – by 14 percentage points in New Jersey and 4.5 percent in Virginia.

Virginia residents represent the second highest number of federal employees (136,377), mostly from Alexandria, Arlington and Fairfax counties, who are unhappy with the president’s goals of smaller government and draining the swamp. You may recall that Hillary took 90 percent of neighboring Washington DC votes in 2016.

In Virginia, Democrat Ralph Northam replaces Democrat Terry McAuliffe and in New Jersey Democrat Phil Murphy replaces Republican Chris Christie, who was term limited. Republicans still hold governorships in 34 states.

With that background, it was reasonable to expect the Democrat Party to be somewhat emboldened with those expected wins. Even so, as Mollie Hemingway of The Federalist cautions, “(Republican) members of Congress are delusional if they think they can keep their jobs without passing tax reform, repealing ObamaCare, and some other dramatic achievement.”

As expected, CNN’s graphic said, “Key wins by Democrats may portend an ominous future for President Trump and his party.” At least they chose to use “may.”

“Voters delivered a forceful rebuke of President Trump and his party,” said the New York Times.

The Washington Post wrote, “Republicans seek new path after failure of Gillespie’s ‘Trumpism without Trump.’” To that, Ann Althouse asked, “How do they know what Republicans are seeking based on one Republican losing a race in a blue state?”

Indeed.

NAACP OFFENDED BY NATIONAL ANTHEM – It started with former 49er quarterback Colin Kaepernick and spread throughout the rosters of overindulged NFL teams. Disrespect for the flag and our national anthem. The Star-Spangled Banner has been our national anthem since 1931, and singing it before sporting events has become a tradition, and now California’s NAACP chapter wants a new anthem.

They claim it is “a racist song that has caused so much controversy.” Really? It’s the first I have heard about it. In fact, their objection is to words in the third stanza. I guess I knew there were more stanzas, but I certainly wasn’t aware of the words, “No refuge could save the hireling and slave from the terror of flights, or the gloom of the grave,” within that stanza.

Since we usually only sing the first stanza, how can people of color be offended?

Do you think black rap “artists” would stop using foul language because I am offended?

SPEAKING OF OFFENDED – Free speech has been thwarted at another college campus last night. Conservative talk show host Dennis Prager faced an effort by offended students, administrators and campus organizations to mobilize and shut down the event at the University of Wyoming. Leading the effort was the student government’s – are you ready for this? – director of diversity. Prager was scheduled to speak on the topic, “Why Socialism Makes People Selfish.”

Calling Prager’s past comments “bigoted,” “horrific,” and “disgusting,” he has been referred to as “a polarizing conservative with a history of controversial statements and positions,” and a “conservative firebrand.”

As an occasional listener to his radio show and frequent viewer of guest presenters on his Prager U online site, I view Prager as someone with common sense views.

Prager always looks forward to answering every question and challenge students wish to pose, and promises that most students will wonder why anyone at their university would call him a bigot and a hater.

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